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TRUMPISM IN EUROPE AND UKRAINE WAR


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Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all…inveterate antipathies against particular nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; and that, in place of them, just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest. 

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March 7, 20226:59 AM CSTLast Updated a day ago

Russia will stop 'in a moment' if Ukraine meets terms - Kremlin

 
  • Kremlin says it insists on neutrality for Ukraine
  • Russia "will finish" demilitarisation of the country
  • Wants Kyiv to recognise breakaway regions, loss of Crimea

LONDON, March 7 (Reuters) - Russia has told Ukraine it is ready to halt military operations "in a moment" if Kyiv meets a list of conditions, the Kremlin spokesman said on Monday.

Dmitry Peskov said Moscow was demanding that Ukraine cease military action, change its constitution to enshrine neutrality, acknowledge Crimea as Russian territory, and recognise the separatist republics of Donetsk and Lugansk as independent states.

It was the most explicit Russian statement so far of the terms it wants to impose on Ukraine to halt what it calls its "special military operation", now in its 12th day.

Peskov told Reuters in a telephone interview that Ukraine was aware of the conditions. "And they were told that all this can be stopped in a moment."

There was no immediate reaction from the Ukrainian side.

Russia has attacked Ukraine from the north, east and south, pounding cities including Kyiv, Kharkiv and the port of Mariupol. The invasion launched on Feb. 24, has caused the worst refugee crisis in Europe since World War Two, provoked outrage across the world, and led to heavy sanctions on Moscow.

But the Kremlin spokesman insisted Russia was not seeking to make any further territorial claims on Ukraine and said it was "not true" that it was demanding Kyiv be handed over.

"We really are finishing the demilitarisation of Ukraine. We will finish it. But the main thing is that Ukraine ceases its military action. They should stop their military action and then no one will shoot," he said.

On the issue of neutrality, Peskov said: "They should make amendments to the constitution according to which Ukraine would reject any aims to enter any bloc."

He added: "We have also spoken about how they should recognise that Crimea is Russian territory and that they need to recognise that Donetsk and Lugansk are independent states. And that’s it. It will stop in a moment."

NEW TALKS

The outlining of Russia's demands came as delegations from Russia and Ukraine prepared to meet on Monday for a third round of talks aimed at ending Russia’s war against Ukraine.

It began soon after Putin recognised two breakaway regions of eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatists have been fighting Ukrainian government forces since 2014, as independent - an action denounced as illegal by the West.

Smoke rises as a service member of the Ukrainian armed forces stands by the only escape route used by locals to evacuate from the town of Irpin, after days of heavy shelling, while Russian troops advance towards the capital, in Irpin, near Kyiv, Ukraine March 7, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

"This is not us seizing Lugansk and Donetsk from Ukraine. Donetsk and Lugansk don’t want to be part of Ukraine. But it doesn’t mean they should be destroyed as a result," Peskov said.

"For the rest. Ukraine is an independent state that will live as it wants, but under conditions of neutrality."

He said all the demands have been formulated and handed over during the first two rounds of talks between Russian and Ukrainian delegations, which took place last week.

"We hope that all this will go OK and they will react in a suitable way," Peskov said.

Russia had been forced into taking decisive actions to force the demilitarisation of Ukraine, he said, rather than just recognising the independence of the breakaway regions.

This was in order to protect the 3 million Russian-speaking population in these republics, who he said were being threatened by 100,000 Ukrainian troops.

"We couldn’t just recognise them. What were we going to do with the 100,000 army that was standing at the border of Donetsk and Lugansk that could attack at any moment. They were being brought U.S. and British weapons all the time," he said.

In the run-up to the Russian invasion, Ukraine repeatedly and emphatically denied Moscow's assertions that it was about to mount an offensive to take back the separatist regions by force.

Peskov said the situation in Ukraine had posed a much greater threat to Russia’s security than it had in 2014, when Russia had also amassed 150,000 troops at its border with Ukraine, prompting fears of a Russian invasion, but had limited its action to the annexation of Crimea.

"Since then the situation has worsened for us. In 2014, they began supplying weapons to Ukraine and preparing the army for NATO, bringing it in line with NATO standards," he said.

"In the end what tipped the balance was the lives of these 3 million people in Donbass. We understood they would be attacked."

Peskov said Russia had also had to act in the face of the threat it perceived from NATO, saying it was "only a matter of time" before the alliance placed missiles in Ukraine as it had in Poland and Romania.

"We just understood we could not put up with this any more. We had to act," he said.

Reporting by Catherine Belton, editing by Mark Trevelyan, Gareth Jones and Angus MacSwan

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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Poland Is Playing A Dangerous Game
The U.S. and Ukraine are manipulating everyone for the Globalist agenda, damn the consequences.

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March 8, 2022

 

Dancing with The Globalists
The propaganda is endless and everywhere. The images of babies and elderly people fleeing war blasted across western “news” sites with unsubtle headlines like:

PUTIN HAS THIS BABY’S BLOOD ON HIS HANDS!

There was once a masterful art to effective propaganda as psychological manipulation. Subtlety is no longer required with so many eager to assimilate to the latest media created madness, socially conditioned to reveal their stupidity in the comment sections: “Putin is the next Hitler! Someone needs to stop him at once!”

The citizens are seamlessly assimilating to this prepared Ukrainian Borg, happy to outsource their brains to a western corporate media who command them to only devote their emotions to the cause and nothing more.

Everything is designed to pull at the heart strings of people to manufacture consent for this conflict that should never have started and could be immediately ended with Ukraine disavowing NATO membership and allowing three majority Russian regions to rejoin their mother.

This is what the west wants, more war, more refugees, more propaganda to be used for their efforts to topple Putin in Russia. The warring neoliberals and neocons have been planning this for years and are loving every minute of the show.

With each passing day the comic and his minions become more emboldened. Zelensky’s playing his role like a real entertainer. He’s now dancing with the globalist stars. His Cha Cha was dazzling. Those twists he did for the Jitterbug routine were acrobatic. The Borg are lapping it up. Celebrities and blue check marks amplifying his twitter “bravery” and “courage” across attention networks.

Back stage global managers are offering him new mega yachts and a second Florida mansion, maybe even historical glory for maximizing his rhetorical bear-poking and now NATO-poking games. The comic will be known as the Winston Churchill of World War Three, despite Boris Johnson’s best buffoonish efforts to shove himself into that role.

Today the comic showed his footwork versatility with a floating tango. Imagine Churchill’s voice echoing across the BBC airwaves to inspire the homeland: “We will punish everyone who committed atrocities in this war. There will be no quiet place on this earth for you. Except for the grave.”

Blistering execution from the former ‘dancing with the stars’ winner in Ukraine. Tough words for a man who will only get richer with each threat leveled while guaranteeing another five hundred Ukrainian mothers never see their sons or daughters again.

Before the U.S. committed to the last world war, Churchill would meet in secret with Roosevelt on some anchored merchant ship off Nova Scotia to lobby him for more planes and jeeps. Today the comic simply turns on the apple phone and dances for western audiences who blindly applaud their own bleak futures and the pointless deaths of more Ukrainian kids.

Soon we will see his freestyle where he calls on the U.S. to launch direct strikes on Russian targets. The little comic is getting too big for his little underground green screen performances from the Ukrainian embassy in Warsaw.

He still could end it all with a phone call and common sense, but the western Hyenas who cook up conflict everywhere chose him for this moment and he’s playing his role to perfection.

They’re desperately trying to manufacture consent for a global conflagration now. The comic and his posse are poking NATO, calling them cowards. The assimilated and ignorant Borg are cheering them on without realizing that if things escalate their homes will be turned into radioactive dust.

NATO are clowns to put up with these foolhardy and reckless servants of global war games and that’s always been NATO’s most effective role, clowns.

If I were in charge of NATO I’d be dealing with the audacious comic and his minions quite differently. Why sacrifice the whole world with nuclear annihilation for Ukraine?

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Say NO to War With Russia
By Vasko Kohlmayer

March 9, 2022

 

“Biden Goes To Church As War Drums Pound,” reads a recent news headline.

The war drums are, of course, beating for US involvement in the Ukrainian conflict.

“Declare a NoFlyZone over Ukraine,” tweeted Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.).

Lindsey Graham, a powerful US Senator, went so far as to publicly advocate the assassination of the Russian head of state. Tweeted he:

Is there a Brutus in Russia?  Is there a more successful Colonel Stauffenberg in the Russian military? The only way this ends is for somebody in Russia to take this guy out. You would be doing your country – and the world – a great service.

Such brazen incitement to murder by a highly positioned US official could be construed as a war act by the other side.

Watching the mounting hysteria, we can be certain that the beating of the war drums is going to become only louder in the days ahead.

It will be even louder than the beating of the vaccine drums that was almost deafening only a few short weeks ago.

Do you still remember that?

By the way, what happened to those vaccine drums? Why were they packed away so quickly? And where have they hidden them?

Have you noticed that both the war and vaccines drums have been pounded by the same crew? The drummers include the usual suspects: Joe Biden and other members of the Western ruling elite, CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post, MSNBC, BBC, etc.

Do you remember any time in recent memory when Trudeau, Biden CNN or the New York Times were right about anything?

This by itself should make us suspicious and worried.

Ever the woke troublemaker, Justin Trudeau is now in Europe to rattle his sabre and show his great strength. He says that Vladimir Putin has made a “terrible mistake” of invading a sovereign nation, which move will prove to be “extremely costly” for him.

The last time we heard Trudeau talking this tough was two weeks ago against the hard-working Canadian truckers who were trying to stand up for their most basic human rights and civil liberties. He called them “terrorists” then. He stole their money, blocked their accounts and sent government trained rowdies to beat them up.

Needless to say, it is quite obvious that we are now on a collision course with Russia.

Before the situation escalates into a nuclear Armageddon, ordinary people would do well to ask themselves whether we have any dog in this fight.

And if we do, what is the size of this dog? Is it big enough to run the risk of nuclear annihilation?

Until last week, most Americans knew almost nothing about Ukraine. If you asked them what is its capital or major river, you would get no response.

Now so many want to send America’s military to that country to confront Vladimir Putin.

It is interesting to observe how quickly the Russian president replaced the unvaccinated as the object of official derision.

Have you wondered what happened to the “righteous” indignation against the uncompliant on the vaccine front?

As both the Covid and vaccine narratives fell apart, the Covidistas have been walking back their recent positions while trying to pretend that their hatred never existed.

While doing this, they skilfully managed to redirect the population’s enmity to a new target, which would be the Evil Vlad.

What triggered Putin was the globalists’ push to expand NATO to Russia’s doorstep in Ukraine. The globalists wanted to make it part of their New World Order which they use to prettily enrich themselves.

Joe Biden’s family has been at it for years already. They pulled millions from that land through the President’s son Hunter in one of the most brazen and shameless schemes of influence peddling in American history.

The globalists are hoping to exploit Ukraine in the same way they plundered the working classes during the largely contrived Covid crisis, which turned out to be the largest wealth transfer operation in annals of man.

Even the CNBC has admitted this:

“The coronavirus pandemic and corresponding lockdown made way for ‘one of the greatest wealth transfers in history, CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Thursday.”

Those who orchestrated and profiteered from this crisis have now succeeded in pointing the frustration and anger of their freedom denied, autocratically abused, psychologically battered, repeatedly injected, experimentally poisoned and impoverished populations away from themselves.

Justin Trudeau has pompously declared that he has landed on European shores to discuss “how to strengthen democratic values around the world, and how to stand up even more for democracy and to stand against Russian aggression.”

Has this man no self-awareness or is he just an incorrigible gaslighter?

Trudeau has the nerve to say things like that even after he locks his whole population down, deprives his citizens of their most basic rights, suspend the democratic process and then beats those who dare to object.

If Trudeau, Biden and their friends want us to go to war with Russia, they must explain to common people how exactly it is in their vital interest that Ukraine join NATO.

Until they give us a good reason, we should say NO to the war in Ukraine.

The Russians have made it amply clear what they want. They want a neutral Ukraine that is free of NATO. This is a reasonable demand. To start World War III over this would be an act of most regrettable foolishness.

The Best of Vasko Kohlmayer

Vasko Kohlmayer (email) was born and grew up in former communist Czechoslovakia. You can follow his writings by subscribing to his Substack newsletter ’Notes from the Twilight Zone’. He is the author of The West in Crisis: Civilizations and Their Death Drives.

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Russia's Judo Kick to the Western Financial Gut
Washington's sanctions on Moscow will destroy Europe, not Russia
By Pepe Escobar
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March 10, 2022

 

The battlefield is drawn. 

The official Russian blacklist of hostile sanctioning nations includes the US, the EU, Canada and, in Asia, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore (the only one from Southeast Asia). Notice how that ‘international community’ keeps shrinking.

The Global South should be aware that no nations from West Asia, Latin America or Africa have joined Washington’s sanctions bandwagon. 

Moscow has not even announced its own package of counter-sanctions. Yet an official decree “On Temporary Order of Obligations to Certain Foreign Creditors,” which allows Russian companies to settle their debts in rubles, provides a hint of what’s to come. 

Russian counter-measures all revolve around this new presidential decree, signed last Saturday, which economist Yevgeny Yushchuk defines as a “nuclear retaliatory landmine.”

It works like this: to pay for loans obtained from a sanctioning country exceeding 10 million rubles a month, Russian companies do not have to make a transfer. They ask for a Russian bank to open a correspondent account in rubles under the creditor’s name. Then the company transfers rubles to this account at the current exchange rate, and it’s all perfectly legal.

Payments in foreign currency only go through the Central Bank on a case-by-case basis. They must receive special permission from the Government Commission for the Control of Foreign Investment. 

What this means in practice is that the bulk of the $478 billion or so in Russian foreign debt may “disappear” from the balance sheets of western banks. The equivalent in rubles will be deposited somewhere, in Russian banks; but western banks, as things stand, can’t access it.

It is debatable whether this straightforward strategy was the product of those ‘non-sovereignist’ brains gathered at the Russian Central Bank. More likely, there has been input from influential economist Sergei Glazyev, also a top former advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin on regional integration. Here is a revised edition, in English, of his groundbreaking essay Sanctions and Sovereignty, which I have previously summarized. 

Meanwhile, Sberbank confirmed it will issue Russia’s Mir debit/credit cards co-badged with China’s UnionPay. Alfa-Bank, the largest private bank in Russia, will also issue UnionPay credit and debit cards. Although only introduced five years ago, 40 percent of Russians already have a Mir card for domestic use. Now they will also be able to use it internationally, via UnionPay’s enormous network. And without Visa and Mastercard, commissions on all transactions will remain in the Russia-China sphere. De-dollarization, in effect. 

Mr Maduro, gimme some oil 

The Iran sanctions negotiations in Vienna may be reaching the last stage – as acknowledged even by Chinese diplomat Wang Qun. But it was Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov who introduced a new, crucial variable into Vienna’s final discussions.   

Lavrov made his eleventh-hour demand quite explicit: “We have asked for a written guarantee … that the current [Russian sanctions] process triggered by the United States does not in any way damage our right to free and full trade, economic and investment cooperation and military-technical cooperation with the Islamic Republic.”

As per the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement of 2015, Russia receives enriched uranium from Iran and exchanges it for yellowcake and, in parallel, is reconverting Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant into a research center. Without Iranian enriched uranium exports there’s simply no JCPOA deal. It boggles the mind that US Secretary of State Blinken does not seem to understand that.  

Everyone in Vienna, sidelines included, knows that for all actors to sign on the JCPOA revival, no nation must be individually targeted in terms of trading with Iran. Tehran also knows it.

So what’s happening now is an elaborate game of Persian mirrors, coordinated between Russian and Iranian diplomacy. Moscow’s Ambassador to Tehran, Levan Dzhagaryan, attributed the fierce reaction to Lavrov in some Iranian quarters to a “misunderstanding.” This will all be played out in the shade. 

An extra element is that according to a Persian Gulf intel source with privileged Iranian access, Tehran may be selling as many as three million barrels of oil a day already, “so if they do sign a deal, it will not affect supply at all; only they will be paid more.” 

The US administration of President Joe Biden is now absolutely desperate: today it banned all imports of oil and gas from Russia, which happens to be the second largest exporter of oil to the US, behind Canada and ahead of Mexico. The US big Russian-energy ‘replacement strategy’ is to beg for oil from Iran and Venezuela.  

So, the White House sent a delegation to talk to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, led by Juan Gonzalez, the White House’s top Latin America adviser. The US offer is to “alleviate” sanctions on Caracas in exchange for oil.   

The United States government has spent years – if not decades – burning all bridges with Venezuela and Iran. The US destroyed Iraq and Libya, and isolated Venezuela and Iran in its attempt to take over global oil markets – just to end up miserably trying to buy out both and escape from being crushed by the economic forces it had unleashed. That proves, once again, that imperial ‘policy makers’ are utterly clueless.

Caracas will request the elimination of all sanctions on Venezuela and the return of all its confiscated gold. And it seems like none of this was cleared with ‘President’ Juan Guaido, who since 2019, has been the only Venezuelan leader “recognized” by Washington.

Social cohesion torn apart 

Oil and gas markets, meanwhile, are in total panic. No western trader wants to buy Russian gas; and that has nothing to do with Russia’s state-owned energy behemoth Gazprom, which continues to duly supply customers who signed contracts with fixed tariffs, from $100 to $300; (others are paying over $3,000 in the spot market).   

European banks are less and less willing to grant loans for energy trade with Russia because of the sanctions hysteria. A strong hint that the Russia-to-Germany gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 may be literally six feet under is that importer Wintershall-Dea wrote off its share of the financing, de facto assuming that the pipeline will not be launched. 

Everyone with a brain in Germany knows that two extra Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals – still to be constructed – will not be enough for Berlin’s needs. There is simply not enough LNG to supply them. Europe will have to fight with Asia over who can pay more. Asia wins. 

Europe imports roughly 400 billion cubic meters of gas a year, with Russia responsible for 200 billion of this. There’s no way Europe can find $200 billion anywhere else to replace Russia – be it in Algeria, Qatar or Turkmenistan. Not to mention its lack of necessary LNG terminals.

So, obviously, the top beneficiary of all the mess will be the US – which will be able to impose not only their terminals and control systems, but also profit from loans to the EU, sales of equipment, and full access to the whole EU energy infrastructure. All LNG installations, pipelines and warehouses will be connected to a sole network with a single control room: an American business dream.

Europe will be left with reduced gas production for its dwindling industry; job losses; decreasing quality of life standards; increased pressure over the social security system; and, last but not least, the necessity to apply for extra American loans. Some nations will go back to coal for heating. The Green Parade will be livid.    

What about Russia? As a hypothesis, even if all its energy exports were curtailed – and they won’t be; their top clients are in Asia – Russia would not have to use its foreign reserves. 

The Russophobic all-out attack on Russian exports also targets palladium metals – vital for electronics, from laptops to aircraft systems. Prices are skyrocketing. Russia controls 50 percent of the global market. Then there are noble gases – neon, helium, argon, xenon – essential for production of microchips. Titanium has risen by a quarter, and both Boeing (by a third)  and Airbus (by two thirds) rely on titanium from Russia. 

Oil, food, fertilizers, strategic metals, neon gas for semiconductors: all burning at the stake, at the feet of Witch Russia. 

Some westerners who still treasure Bismarckian realpolitik have started wondering whether shielding energy (in the case of Europe) and selected commodity flows from sanctions may have everything to do with protecting an immense racket: the commodity derivatives system. 

After all, if that implodes, because of a shortage of commodities, the whole western financial system blows up. Now that’s a real system failure. 

The key issue for the Global South to digest is that the ‘west’ is not committing suicide. What we have here, essentially, is the United States willfully destroying German industry and the European economy – bizarrely, with their connivance.

To destroy the European economy means not allowing extra market space for China, and blocking the inevitable extra trade which will be a direct consequence of closer exchanges between the EU and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world’s biggest trade deal. 

The end result will be the US eating European savings for lunch while China expands its middle class to over 500 million people. Russia will do just fine, as Glazyev outlines: sovereign and self-sufficient. 

American economist Michael Hudson has concisely sketched the lineaments of imperial self-implosion. Yet way more dramatic, as a strategic disaster, is how the deaf, dumb and blind parade toward deep recession and near-hyperinflation will rip what’s left of the west’s social cohesion apart. Mission accomplished.

The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of The Cradle.

Reprinted with the author’s permission.

 

Copyright © Pepe Escobar, The Cradle

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Why didn't Putin invade Ukraine under Trump? Because the criminal doesn't mug the old lady when he's got her on the verge of signing her entire estate over to him.
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Orwell Was Right
From free speech to "spheres of influence" to our passion for endless war, we've become the doublethinkers 1984 predicted
By Matt Taibbi
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March 14, 2022

 

This weekend I re-read 1984, a book I tend to reach for when I get Defcon-1 depressed about the state of the world. Deep in the novel, Winston ponders the intricacies of doublethink:

To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which canceled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them… To forget whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again… that was the ultimate subtlety.

In the last weeks, Russia took an already exacting speech environment to new extremes. A law was passed that would impose 15-year prison sentences for anyone spreading “fake news” about the Ukraine invasion; access was cut to Facebook and Twitter; stations like Echo Moskvi and TV Rain as well as BBC Russia, Radio Liberty, the New TimesDeutsche WelleDoxa, and Latvia-based Meduza were effectively shut down; Wikipedia was threatened with a block over its invasion page; and national authorities have appeared to step in to prevent coverage of soldiers killed in the war, requiring local outlets to use terms like “special operation” instead. The latter development is connected to the state media regulator, Roskomnadzor, issuing a remarkably desperate dictum requiring news outlets to “use information and data received by them only from official Russian sources.”

Russia also appears in the middle of a general crackdown on local media, not so much because those outlets are dissenting, but because they’re more likely to provide indirect evidence of war failures or the effect of sanctions. The desperation to control news has grown to the point where Russian diplomats in foreign countries are pressuring state outlets in countries like Iran to stop using the term “war” to describe what’s going on in Ukraine.

On the flip side, a slew of actions have been taken to crack down on “fake news” and “misinformation” in the West. The big one was the European Union banning RT and Sputnik:

 

Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube also cut access to all Russian state media, because the EU sanctions also required that internet platforms delist any RT or Sputnik content, even from individuals. The statute reads, “As regards the posts made by individuals that reproduce the content of RT and Sputnik, those posts shall not be published, and if published, shall be deleted.”

Other governments across the West, from Australia to Canada, have taken similar actions. In the U.S., Google and YouTube disallowed Russian state media ads (following a request by Senator Mark Warner) and demonetized “a number of Russian channels,” including RT but also many non-Russian individuals, before proceeding to demonetize all individual Russian content creators, even the individuals opposing the invasion. Even DuckDuckGo, the speechier, more pro-privacy alternative to Google, announced it was de-ranking “sites associated with Russian disinformation.” A growing list of Westerners have seen accounts frozen for supposed parroting of Russian talking points or “abusive” commentary.

YouTube banned Oliver Stone’s documentary Ukraine on Fire, while Netflix is going so far as to shelve a production of Anna Karenina. In what might have been the craziest move of all, Meta reportedly followed up a decision to un-ban the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion with a mind-blowing decision to alter its hate speech policies to “allow Facebook and Instagram users in some countries to call for violence against Russians and Russian soldiers in the context of the Ukraine invasion,” according to internal emails seen by Reuters.

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